Saturday, December 12, 2015

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Maveth

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ends the first-half of the show's Third Season with the least shocking reveal ever, as expected Will (Dillon Casey) is the creature, and the death (sort of) of a major character. Lost halfway across the galaxy Ward's (Brett Dalton) team searches for Hydra's mythical monster but only finds Will in the desolate landscape. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) continues to search for ways to escape, something Will proves adept at, although discovering the truth about the stranded astronaut forces the scientist to make extremely hard choices.

While most of the episode involves Ward and his team stumbling around with Coulson (Clark Gregg) on their trail, the episode does give us the movements of the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Mack (Henry Simmons) leads his team, which finally includes the Inhuman agents the show has been teasing all season, into the Hydra base to secure the portal and make sure their missing members, and only their missing members, return. Despite the fireworks they prove only partially successful.

Coulson is able to retrieve Fitz from the planet and takes a full measure of revenge against Ward (although the villain's "death" proves to be short-lived) leaving the team intact heading into the second-half of the season. The use of Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) and Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba) in the field finally gives S.H.I.E.L.D. other Inhuman agents besides Daisy (Chloe Bennet). The murder of Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer) oversimplifies the complex relationship between Ward and Coulson. Coulson had plenty of cause to kill the former mole but Price's convenient death allows the show to justify the action in an unimaginative way. Ward's return as the creature (what turns out to be a somewhat disappointing mindworm) foreshadows Hydra's reemergence as the show's #1 enemy heading into the rest of the season.

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